• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.

Ranger-Led Education Programs

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Reservations for the school year 2014-2015 will be available beginning August 4, 2014 at 8am.
For information on making reservations, visit the Make A Reservation page.

If you want to bring a group out for a self-guided experience at Kule Loklo, please plan for a Monday or Friday. These are the days when ranger-led programs are not scheduled. You don't need to make a reservation for this self-guided experience.




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Grades K-3 - Wild about Wildlife
Students discover the diversity of wildlife within Point Reyes National Seashore in this 3-tiered approach. Through a series of activities, games, and stories, kindergarteners are introduced to the concept of wild animals. First and second graders focus on the interrelationship of animals and their habitats, while third graders learn about ecosystems, and adaptations. Takes place at Bear Valley. Bus accessible. Offered September through April, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Duration 1 hr.

See corresponding:
State of California Kindergarten Standards
State of California First Grade Standards
State of California Second Grade Standards
State of California Third Grade Standards

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Kule Loklo

Grades 3-4 - Kule Loklo
Students learn about the traditions and land-use ethics of the Coast Miwok people as they tour a recreated village at Bear Valley. Bus accessible. Offered September through April, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Duration 1 hr.

See corresponding:
State of California Third Grade Standards
State of California Fourth Grade Standards

 
Point Reyes Lighthouse

Grade 4 - Point Reyes Lighthouse


NOT OFFERED School Year 2013-2014

See corresponding:
State of California Fourth Grade Standards

 
Whale Watchers at Point Reyes

Grade 4-5 - Marine Life
After completing the pre-visit curricula on oceanography and marine biology, students use spotting scopes and binoculars to watch migratory gray whales. Migratory whale watching (March and April) takes place at the Point Reyes lighthouse observation deck. NO ACCESS TO THE HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE. Parking lot is bus accessible. Thursdays ONLY at 10:30 a.m. Duration 1.5 hrs.

See corresponding:
State of California Fourth Grade Standards
State of California Fifth Grade Standards

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Humpback Whale Spouting

Grades 6-8 - Whale Watching
Students learn about the life and adaptations of Pacific gray whales as they watch for these ocean giants migrating past the Point Reyes peninsula. Takes place at the Point Reyes lighthouse observation deck. NO ACCESS TO THE HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE. Parking lot is bus accessible. Offered March and April on Thursdays ONLY at 10:30 a.m. Duration 1.5 hrs.

Observing Pacific Gray Whales Curriculum Guide 170 pages (840 KB PDF)

 
Elephant Seal Colony

Grades 6-8 - Elephant Seal Watching
Using spotting scopes and binoculars, students bear witness to yearly arrival of the elephant seals and learn about the behaviors of these deep sea giants. Takes place near the Chimney Rock parking lot. NOT BUS ACCESSIBLE - MUST CAR POOL. Offered in February only, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. Duration 1.5 hrs.

Discovering Northern Elephant Seals Curriculum Guide 158 pages (1.7 MB PDF)

 

Grades 6-8 - Monitoring Creek Health

NOT OFFERED School Year 2013-2014.

Monitoring Creek Health Curriculum Guide 117 pages (1.8 MB PDF)

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